Protocol Review Criteria and Forms

The IACUC will evaluate research project protocols to assure the research will be conducted in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations. Further, the IACUC will determine that the research project meets the following requirements:

  • Procedures with animals will avoid or minimize discomfort, distress, and pain to animals, consistent with sound research design.
  • Procedures that may cause more than momentary or slight pain or distress to the animals will be performed with appropriate sedation, analgesia, or anesthesia, unless the procedure is justified for scientific reasons in writing by the investigator and approved by the IACUC.
  • Animals that would otherwise experience severe or chronic pain or distress that cannot be relieved will be painlessly killed at the end of the procedures or, if appropriate, during the procedures.
  • The living conditions of animals will be appropriate for their species and contribute to their health and comfort. The housing, feeding, and non-medical care of the animals will be directed by a veterinarian, or other scientist trained and experienced in the proper care, handling and use of the species being maintained or studied.
  • Medical care for animals will be available and provided as necessary by a qualified veterinarian.
  • Personnel conducting procedures on the animals being maintained or studied will be appropriately qualified and trained in those procedures.
  • Methods of euthanasia will be consistent with the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association Panel on Euthanasia, unless a deviation is justified for scientific reasons in writing by the investigator and approved by the IACUC.

Return completed form to Alyce DeMarais, Biology Department, CMB 1088.